A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 173
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THE CITY OF HOUSTON, TEXAS 173
to Mr. G. W. Baldwin's library room in the Telegram
building and everybody wishing to have. the
pleasure of conversing with a friend a mile distant
will have an opportunity. Our friends from the
country and many in the city who are skeptical about
the truthful working of the wonderful instrument,
will have an opportunity to test it to their satisfaction.
To many of them it will be quite a curiosity,
and we expect to see its capacity fully tried. Mr.
Stacey will make a trial test today and will have the
apparatus in perfect working order by the end of
During the fall of the same year, Mr. Pendarvis,
who was telegraph operator for the Morgan Transportation
Company, connected his office in Houston
with the office in Clinton, ten miles away and
for a time had direct telephone connection between
the two. Commenting on this innovation the Houston
Telegram stated that unquestionably when the
great convenience of the telephone was appreciated
they would be installed in railroad depots, business
houses and, perhaps, residences. This prediction
has come true in a much greater degree than the
Telegram supposed possible.
It was not until 1880 that a telephone exchange
was established in Houston. Two years later Mr.
G. W. Foster took charge of the exchange and it
was largely through his efforts and the hearty and
valuable assistane of his wife that the telephone
business in Texas attained such huge proportions in
so short a time. Mr. Foster is still an active man
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Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912, book, 1912; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/m1/191/: accessed May 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .